GWAR To Play Edmonton Tomorrow Despite Guitarist's Death

According to the Edmonton Journal, GWAR will still perform Friday at Edmonton Event Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, despite the death of one of the band's guitarists. Cory Smoot (a.k.a. Flattus Maximus) was found dead as the U.S. band was about to enter Canada on Thursday morning. He was 34 years old.

GWAR is two weeks into a six-week North American tour, which features three other bands EVERY TIME I DIE, GHOUL and WARBEAST.

Manager Jack Flanagan told the Associated Press there's no word yet on funeral arrangements or the rest of the tour.

GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, said in a statement that "at this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother" and asked for privacy.

He called Smoot "one of the most talented guitar players in metal today."

Smoot joined GWAR in 2002 and first appeared on the band's 2004 album "War Party". He was the fifth guitarist to play the character of Flattus Maximus, known by his red face, white dreadlocks, dinosaur-head shoulder pads and reptile feet.

Born August 25, 1977, Smoot previously played in metal bands MISGUIDED and LOCUS FACTOR and continued to play with MENSREA, in addition to establishing his own solo project, THE CORY SMOOT EXPERIMENT.

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